Trains begin to cross new bridge across River Don in Volgograd Region and reconstructed viaduct in Krasnoyarsk Territory
A new railway bridge across the River Don in the Volgograd Region and the reconstructed Kozinsky viaduct in Krasnoyarsk Territory were officially opened on 16 December 2020.
The event was conducted virtually by teleconference and was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin and the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov.
“Today, we are opening two important railway bridges. They have been built as part of a comprehensive plan to modernise Russia’s infrastructure, which was approved by the country’s President. Much work has been done to build other facilities. Russian Railways, despite all the difficulties this year, coped with their tasks superbly,” said Marat Khusnullin.
The head of Russian Railways stressed that each new infrastructure facility contributed to ensuring the safety, reliability and sustainability of the entire rail network.
“Both bridges will play a key role in solving the tasks set by the President of the Russian Federation with regard to the development of infrastructure leading to the ports of the Azov-Black Sea basin and Russia’s Far Eastern region. They will enable us to fulfil the targets set,” said Belozerov.
The bridge across the River Don is located in the Volgograd Region at 281 km in the direction Likhaya – Volgograd, which is part of the North-South International Transport Corridor. It was erected next to the old bridge. Russian Railways has invested 5.9 billion roubles in the construction of the new bridge.
The Kozinsky viaduct is on the Dzheb – Shchetinkino stretch in the Western Sayan mountain gorge in Krasnoyarsk Territory. The modernisation of the Kozinsky viaduct began in 2014 as part of the investment programme “Comprehensive Development of the Mezhdurechensk – Taishet Section”.
As a result, it became possible simultaneously to run heavy trains on both tracks of the Kozinsky viaduct, which doubled the capacity of the Dzheb – Shchetinkino section. The Company invested 4.6 billion roubles in the construction of second tracks on this section.